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World Environment Day: UN urges leaders to harness extraordinary benefits of forests

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United Nations, New York, 3 June 2011 -- Potentially irreversible environmental changes threaten the progress that has brought hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, stressing the need for policy-makers to do more to preserve and strengthen the planet's natural resources, particularly its forests.

In a message marking World Environment Day, which falls on 5 June each year, the Secretary-General noted that in the past two decades "hundreds of millions of people in Asia, Latin America -- and, increasingly, in Africa -- have risen from poverty. Yet, evidence is also accumulating of profound and potentially irreversible changes in the ability of the planet to sustain our progress."

 

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Randle, D. (2011). World Environment Day: UN urges leaders to harness extraordinary benefits of forests. Retrieved from http://www.globalhealing.net/view/video/166951

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